Full Review

Château Élan

Château Élan
2018 American Reserve, Pinot Noir

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$27.95

Château Élan
2018 American Reserve, Pinot Noir

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
Violet color. Fruity aromas of raspberry candies and cherry lambic with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length mushrooms, roasted beets in vinaigrette, and mixed berry compote finish with well-integrated tannins. A rustic Pinot Noir that brings highly pairable flavors to the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Funky
Aroma Aroma: raspberry candies and cherry lambic
Taste Flavor: mushrooms, roasted beets in vinaigrette, and mixed berry compote
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rustic Pinot Noir that brings highly pairable flavors to the table.

The Producer

Château Élan Winery

The Producer
100 Tour de France
Braselton, GA 30517
USA
1 678-425-0900

Their Portfolio

88 Château Élan 2016 Reserve, Chardonnay, American 13.5% (USA) $24.95.
88 Château Élan 2017 Reserve, Chardonnay, American 13.5% (USA) $24.95.
86 Château Élan 2017 Reserve, Pinot Grigio, American 13.5% (USA) $23.95.
86 Château Élan 2017 Reserve, Chardonnay, American 14.3% (USA) $23.95.
89 Château Élan NV Port Riserva, American 19% (USA) $39.95.
93 Château Élan 2015 Les Petits Finger Red Blend, American 15.5% (USA) $49.95.
84 Château Élan 2016 Scarlet Reserve Red Blend, American 14.5% (USA) $23.95.
85 Château Élan 2015 TNT, Tannat, American 15.3% (USA) $69.95.
85 Château Élan 2014 El Tempranillo , Tempranillo, American 14.5% (USA) $69.95.
81 Château Élan 2016 Nancy White Blend, American 13.8% (USA) $28.95.
85 Château Élan 2015 Fingerprint Collection, Tempranillo, American 15% (USA) $90.00.
85 Château Élan 2016 Fingerprint Collection, Montepulciano, American 15% (USA) $100.00.
90 Château Élan 2016 Red Blend, American 15.8% (USA) $60.00.
90 Château Élan 2017 Reserve, Pinot Noir, American 14.5% (USA) $35.00.
86 Château Élan 2016 Fingerprint Collection Les Petits Red Blend, American 15.5% (USA) $60.00.
90 Château Élan 2017 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, American 15.5% (USA) $60.00.
87 Château Élan 2017 Fingerprint Collection, Grenache, American 15.5% (USA) $60.00.
88 Château Élan 2017 Reserve, Merlot, American 15% (USA) $27.00.
88 Château Élan 2017 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, American 15.5% (USA) $29.00.
93 Château Élan 2018 Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, American 13.2% (USA) $25.00.
89 Château Élan 2017 Fingerprint Collection, Malbec, American 15% (USA) $60.00.
88 Château Élan 2018 Cherokee White, Georgia 13% (USA) $22.00.
88 Château Élan 2018 Cherokee Rosé, Georgia 13% (USA) $22.00.
89 Château Élan 2016 Riserva, Georgia 19% (USA) $60.00.
86 Château Élan 2018 American Reserve, Pinot Noir 14.5% (USA) $27.95.

Pinot Noir

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Serve in a Burgundy Wine Glass
Pinot Noir is one of the world’s most fascinating red varieties. While many red grapes produces wines of power and youthful intensity, a wine made from Pinot Noir is often more refined with higher acidity and lower levels of tannins. The spiritual home for Pinot Noir is Burgundy, where it is produced in many styles, from very light to examples that can age for two to three decades.

Pinot Noirs tend to have aromas and flavors red cherry fruit, while some offer notes of wild strawberry, plum or even floral notes such as carnation and red roses. As tannins in Pinot Noir are not as pronounced as in a grape such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Nebbiolo, most Pinot Noirs can be enjoyed upon release, which is usually two to three years after the vintage.

Burgundy works extremely well for Pinot Noir, as it is a cool climate; a warm or hot climate would not bring out the perfumes of the variety. Thus growers in several countries have planted Pinot Noir in their coolest regions, looking to emulate Burgundy. These include the Willamette Valley in Oregon; Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills in California (among others); Central Otago in New Zealand; Casablanca and San Antonio Valleys in Chile and the Rheinhessen, Pfalz and Baden in Germany (where the grape is known as Spatburgunder). The concept of terroir – a wine is the producet of its specific environment – is most often associated with Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noirs tend to pair well with poultry (duck a l’orange is a classic match), game birds and even certain types of seafoods (as tannins are low), such as salmon, tuna and halibut.